Every night, more than 62,000 people sleep in our shelters, on our streets or in our subway system. This means there are more homeless people in New York City than at any time since the Great Depression. It is an epidemic we must face with the full force of our available resources.
Yet far too often, we find ourselves tinkering around the edges, trying to combat symptoms of the problem piecemeal, rather than searching for a holistic solution to the root causes of this crisis. The status quo is clearly broken, and we must strive for bigger, bolder solutions that will provide New Yorkers with the support they need to remain in their homes.